Highland Council launches consultation on disposal of Nairn land

The Highland Council has launched an additional Community Empowerment consultation giving the Nairn community until 31 January 2022 to respond to a proposal to dispose, by sale, of Sandown Lands, Nairn.

Highland Council launches consultation on disposal of Nairn land

At this time, the council has received no offer for the land, however, it is important to understand community views on the proposal.

The council is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal and all submissions will be given full regard before a decision on whether, and how, to proceed is made.

Sandown Lands are an important asset for Nairn Common Good and any decision must be based on the most complete information available. Therefore, following an initial consultation on this proposal which concluded during early 2021, the council is undertaking a further period of consultation to ensure the opportunity to comment is given to as many members of the Nairn community as possible and to allow for the gathering of additional, detailed information.

Note that any additional information collected as part of this additional consultation will be combined with the responses already received.

Councillor Tom Heggie, chair of the Nairnshire area committee, said: “As a committee of elected members, we recognise the importance of the Sandown Lands to the residents and local communities within Nairn.”

Councillor Heggie continued: “During this further round of consultation, I would strongly encourage those who were not able to take part earlier this year to have a look at the proposals and respond to the consultation. It is important that we have representation from as many local groups and individuals as possible in order that we can continue the process with full and complete information which reflects the views and opinions of our local communities.”

The Sandown Development Brief document and associated assessments can be accessed from Highland Council website here or hard copies can be provided on request.
A sale of 38 hectares of Common Good property lying either side of the A96 at the western boundary of Nairn, commonly known as Sandown.

The allotment gardens together with a parcel of land for extension of the gardens will be excluded from the proposal.

The current value of the land is estimated to be around £6m - £7m (value at October 2020). This figure has been estimated after taking into account possible variables including the potential for increased developer contributions. Should the land be sold, then this money would be available for investment in other Common Good assets and community priorities in Nairn.

The consultation is open now. Responses to the consultation are welcomed and can be submitted online here.

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